Resale Value of PowerPC Laptops after the Intel Switch?

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  1. Jomoma macrumors regular

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    What's your best guess of what the possible new intel ibooks would do to the resale value of the last version of powerpc ibooks?

    My best guess would be that the value would go a hundred or so below the price of new intel books, but I'd like to know what you think. I hope the price of the new one's doesn't drop too much, otherwise I'll be losing a bunch of resale value.

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  2. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Keeping in mind the $800 intel iBook rumor, I figure I'll probably get around $550-625+shipping for my iBook after they're introduced. :) Suck, but hey that's life.
     
  3. generik macrumors 601

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    It will go down a lot.

    1) Unlike previous generational transitions (ie from G1 -> G2), there is no forward compatibility here. You need to *trust* devs to compile for PPC to ensure continued support for your platform.

    2) PPC is dead

    3) The Intel macs are going to be SOOOOOO much faster, remember the comments from devs who got the x86 boxes? "This thing is fast!", and those are running on the old Netburst P4s, the new ones will be quite phenomenal

    And of course, with the introduction of x86 macs I foresee the trend of "Macs having good resale value" will finally be gone.

    1) Unlike currently when product launches are really special media affairs, with the abundant options from Intel Apple can pretty much make quiet speedbumps every so often as they wish.

    2) If OSX-x86 gets cracked, a lot of demand for Macs will dry up, either you are buying for the loox, or you are not. And nobody who is after appearances is going to be strutting around with an outdated model.

    3) If it so happens that Apple decides there is a future in selling OSX officially, bam, there goes.

    Don't count on resale value of Macs. A Mac is no different from a PC now.
     
  4. rye9 macrumors 65816

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    Why does everyone say this? The current macs are not THAT slow. Heck, its not like you have to wait a minute to open up an app or anything. Intel macs cant be THAT MUCH faster than the PPC ones now.
     
  5. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I'd say that if you are one of those people who like to buy every other upgrade cycle and sell for a small loss, you're probably going to get hit.

    The market for older Macs (2-3 years) will probably stay fairly constant. People buying those aren't too worried about being able to run the latest apps, they just want a laptop they can use and carry around for basic mail/web etc.
     
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    One wild card will be third party software support. There are Classic apps that some people still need but won't be supported on Intel. There is also the likelihood that at least some newer software won't be ported before PPC goes away, if at all. If any of those programs are unique or really necessary, that could help prop up the value of the older hardware for a while.
     
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  8. ll350 macrumors member

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    Maybe there will be a Luddite market...

    When they first announced the Intel switch, I was kinda upset, and said, "I'll never buy one!" But since then I have mellowed significantly. Maybe there'll be some people who still are upset, and swear off Mac-Intels forever! LOL
     
  9. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    Certainly not forever! I'm going to buy up one of the last PowerPC PowerBooks (presumably a current-version 17-incher, since it doesn't seem likely that Apple's going to bump the specs again before going Intel). Then some time around 2010-2012, I'll definitely be looking once again. (I would assume that would mean an Intel processor, or bank of processors, in my vintage 2012 PB, but a lot can happen between now and then, and OSX is highly portable)
     
  10. Jomoma thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for your thoughts, but I'm hoping that the PPC books don't lose too much value. I love apple, but I'm hoping that the first round of Intel books have some problems that actually make the last round of PPC's desireable until Rev. B comes around.

    Probably won't happen, but I don't want to take a huge loss to upgrade to intel. If they're as cheap as 800 though, maybe I'll keep the PPC around and grab a intel one too.

    We'll just have to wait and see.
     
  11. jaduffy108 macrumors 6502a

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    >>well...actually, the Mac/Intel iBooks and Powerbooks can and will be "THAT MUCH" faster than the current PPC machines. PowerMacs are competitive.

    Generik is right on every count imo.

    I just wish Apple had chosen AMD over Intel. Then again, that would have made just TOO MUCH sense :rolleyes: Even Dell(!) is moving to add AMD systems soon cuz HP and others selling AMD systems are kicking their a$$. Oh Steve....

    peace
     
  12. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    XCode doesn't allow you to compile for just Intel as of date, so XCode written applications will be universal.

    Really? Aren't these now powering the Big 3 gaming consoles?

    I wouldn't count on it. There was an article posted in these forums that showed that Linux was almost 10x faster than OS X on the SAME PPC based hardware. So its not necessarily the hardware slowing down Macs, so changing architectures will most likely have little impact on performance.

    Edit: Here are those links
    http://www.anandtech.com/mac/showdoc.aspx?i=2436
    http://www.anandtech.com/mac/showdoc.aspx?i=2520
     
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  14. generik macrumors 601

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    I am a AMD fanboi too, but looking at Intel's roadmap I really have to say I am quite worried about AMD's prospects in the future, especially in view that I've heard of AMD still having issues with 65nm. :(
     
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    As others have stated in this thread, the performance of the used hardware is a somewhat Moot point. don't believe me?

    Take a look at the current ebay, and Amazon market for used CLAMSHELL ibooks that are G3s, and running on truly dated hardware architecture. It isn't really the performance that is keeping these alive, it is the fact that they are well built, good looking, and can run Classic or OS X for basic uses. These do just fine for people that want Macintosh portability for light applications, and even some light graphics or Audio. Early models get $150+ while later loaded models get $375+ on average!

    My guess is the used market won't care how much faster the intel models will be, as it is the low market share and appeal that makes the values of older Apple hardware stay high, not necessarily the speed.

    I also believe that Apple will try hard to support the PPC architecture for a minimum of 3 years worth of updates and patches, if not closer to 5 - 7. Apple is FULLY aware of the fact that many mac users are still running G3 iMacs, Powerbooks, iBooks, and Powermacs. I expect Leopard to drop support for the G3, but I also don't see support for the G4 going away anytime soon, as apple STILL sells G4 products, and many G4 Powermacs, and iMacs are Still covered in Applecare.


    But those are just my thoughts and opinions, nothing more

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  16. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    It all depends on the price of the new Intel based Macs. If the price goes down, the resell value of current Macs will clearly go down with it.

    but

    I disagree with generik. I think that if Apple moves the entire iBook line to Intel for instance, the resell value of PPC iBooks will stay high over time just because you can't get PPC iBooks from Apple any more.
     
  17. generik macrumors 601

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    Well, this morning I was just looking through a brochure from Dull..

    A 14" laptop with a 1.4Ghz centrino CPU for only A$899.

    An iBook will probably cost A$1400.

    I understand that Steve likes to gorge us 20% more than usual, but I fail to see how it works out even with these figures.

    With the Powerbook it gets more ridiculous, A$3100 for this obsolete junk?! The only reason Apple is getting away with it now is because they are the only ones making it. In the future when they switch over to Intel they will be in a much more competitive marketplace and would definitely have to buck up in terms of affordability.

    You may argue that Apple products are good quality... and aesthetically pleasing... yadda yadda, but people will be able to look *straight on*.. Yonah 2.16 Duo in those MacTel PBs, and the same Yonah 2.16 Duo in a Dull, and make their purchase decision immediately based on that.

    No more special "Myth of the Mhz Myth", no more special OS and hardware, essentially most of the magic is gone.

    Finally, I have to add that it is irrelevant that Apple is special because they deliberately incorporated DRM into their OS. Consumers may be dumb but they are not that dumb, they will see through it immediately.
     
  18. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    There always seems to be a catch with those special offers from Dell. You get lured to their site by these offers and then you end up with something that costs around A$1400 anyway, when you spec it up the way you want.
     
  19. GregUofMN macrumors regular

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    I've been wondering this for a while. I'm considering getting rid of my 15"PB when the come out with intel G5 PBs. But there is alway the question of which, powerpc or intel, will be a more stable machine. If the intel has problems with viruses (knock on wood it won't), but if it does, the powerpc's may be more "valuable" or harder to come by, right?
     
  20. risc macrumors 68030

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    Why would Intel have problems with viruses? Viruses are a Windows problem not a processor one. Just look at the amount of viruses on Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, GNU/Linux. Oh wait there aren't any on the last 4 OSes. Now I know some one is going to try and bring up some exploit for the OLD Intel processors, but that isn't worth mentioning here.
     
  21. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    The shortest answer to the OP's question is that PPC laptops will experience a dip in resale value, but prices will remain pretty stable.

    When the Mac Mini came out it was predicted that used Mac sales would bottom out due to the huge price overlap with the Mini. Yet the opposite happened: Reseller prices for G4 Macs increased slightly and have remained stable since, and there are indications that the seconhand Mac market is now stronger than ever.

    On the laptop side, G3 Powerbooks and even Powerbook 3400/1400 laptops are still holding pretty strong values considering their age. There is a strong installed base of users who are actively upgrading/maintaining these old Macs.

    My guess is that, like 68k Macs, there will be a lot of holdouts and the architecture will live on for years after support is dropped. In the short term, that means that a very strong G4 laptop market will exist for a while after the first couple revs of Intel Macs are released.

    So I wouldn't worry.
     
  22. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    I think you can look at what this PB update did to the price of the old model. Since this update included a price cut, that pushed the price of the older model down dramatically. A new PB 15" 1.67ghz that was selling for $2299 in early September was suddenly available for $1699, a 27% drop overnight in a metter of weeks. I think PPC PBs will fall in price very quickly, and will then fall some more over time.

    So my guess is that a top of the line 15" PPC PB that sells for $1999 the day before the Intel launch will be worth $1500 two weeks after the launch, and within another eighteen months, that'll be down to $1000.

    Of course, that could change if the Intel PBs have problems. (Strong possibility?)
     
  23. risc macrumors 68030

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    I find it hard to believe there will be any major problems with the Rev A Intel Macs other than a lack of native software. Apple can't afford to move to Intel and have it screw up, I'm expecting nice fast, stable hardware in the Rev A. I think we all need to remember that even though Apple only mentioned the move a few months back that the R & D has been going on for years and years. All the way back to NeXT if you like.
     
  24. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    The Intel books will probably be done right, but one never can predict what kind of quality-control problem could rear it's ugly head (remember the flaming batteries?). Still, I'm confidant that the CPU transition will go smoothly.
     
  25. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, you obviously haven't heard my Powerbook 5300cs story. The Powerbook 5300cs - the first PowerPC laptop. Pretty big deal for Apple. They wouldn't screw that up, would they? Only cost me three grand to find out. Long story short, a year and a half later, I bought a Samsung running Win95 just to get a stable computer.
     

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